Blogger Posts Newspaper Staff Addresses Over 'Gun Map'

Adds map, photos of publisher's house
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2012 7:09 AM CST
Blogger Posts Newspaper Staff Addresses Over 'Gun Map'
After the 'Journal News' upset many with a map of names and addresses of thousands who have handgun permits, a local blogger and published the names and addresses of many of the paper's employees.   (Mark Stothard)

The interactive map of gun-owning homes published by Westchester's Journal News inspired more than outrage: Now a Connecticut lawyer has published the home addresses and phone numbers of the Journal News' publisher and 50 employees on his blog, reports Tech Crunch. “I don’t know whether the Journal’s publisher Janet Hasson is a permit holder herself, but here’s how to find her to ask,” writes blogger Christopher Fountain, who added a Google Maps shot of Hasson's house, complete with interior shots via Zillow.

Another enterprising blogger even took that data and made another interactive map of his own. "Ironically, the promise of open data was supposed to lead to open-minded discussion," notes Tech Crunch's Gregory Ferenstein, but it "appears that transparency lends itself equally to being both a tool of democracy or a partisan weapon." (More Journal News stories.)

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